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Old 09-11-2017, 11:54 AM   #1
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How do I attach tile to the edge of a BBQ island made with 2 x 4 stud material. I do not have enough space to even add 1/4 backer board. Note in the picture I have used Schulter SS rondec 7/16" trim for 3/8" tile.Name:  IMG_1723.jpg
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:01 PM   #2
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Welcome, Lois.

I'd recommend you not attach tile to that tile top until you have made provisions for that edging. You need not only some sort of tiling membrane or CBU there (none of which are actually indicated for attachment to dimension wood) and some sort of waterproofing of the entire top and edges.

What have you got on the top now?

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Old 09-11-2017, 02:13 PM   #3
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The island is constructed with SS and the top is 2: 3/4 exterior ply covered with 1/2 CPU and red guard. Then 3/8 porcelain tile installed with Pro-lite white thin set. The edge trim is SS. So now we are ready to install the edge pieces, in fact some are shown in the new pictures attached. So since the top is finished already, how would you suggest we do the sides. We will use a ledger board to hold the tiles in place until the adhesive (whatever it should be) has cured. We will then grout the 1/16 grout lines.
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Hi Lois,

What CX is saying is that we don't install tile directly to framing lumber, and it appears you have no room to add anything to it. Maybe just paint the 2x4 with deck paint or something.

If you're going to do it anyway, I would use some sort of construction cement out of a caulking tube. I'm pretty sure the grout will crack out, though. Too much movement in framing lumber.
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:50 PM   #5
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Perhaps you can come up with some kind of non-tile covering that you could stick on that would look ok?

When I did a tile breakfast bar I made a wood profile out of 1x2s glued in an L shape, and routed the corners. But it's too late for that, in this case.

I am afraid that there's no really good solution, the planning needed to be done before the tile was set! But perhaps someone will have a clever idea.

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I'm thinking along the same lines as JB. It's not something we would usually use for tile work but I would use PL Premium x 3. It sticks very well to about anything that's dry. You will probably still have problems with cracking grout between the tiles.

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